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  • On Mar 4, 2012
    Cindy from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What guide book do you recommend? We are going Feb '13 would you this years guide or wait for '13 to come out?

    Hi Cindy,

    As a matter of process, you should know that many of the new editions of travel guidebooks come out in the later summer or early fall. This means that the 2013 books will start availability on Amazon in August or September of 2012. In most years, I'd say it wouldn't matter too much about which year book you get, but with all the change happening in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, the newer editions might be more meaningful to you. 

    My personal favorite Disney guidebook is the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, simply because I find it to be the most comprehensive. However, that comprehensiveness is intimidating to some - the book is looog. If you're getting the Unofficial Guide, put it on your bedside table and read a few pages each night. 

    I think the Complete Walt Disney World is the best source of photos of the parks. This sometimes helps guests visual what they're getting into. I also like the history and trivia included here. This won't help with your trip planning, but it may be a source of enjoyment once you get to the parks. 

    I'll toot Moms Panelist Doug Ingersoll's horn for him now. He's the author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World. This is a good choice for a first time visitor who doesn't want to be overwhelmed with information. 

    Any guest with a medical challenge should purchase PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World. And if you're looking for just the basics, the Birnbaum Official Guide to Walt Disney World gives you what you need.

    If you're waiting for 2013 guides to be available, you may want to stop by your local library and see if they have the 2012 or even 2011 editions of these books on hand. The earlier you start planning, the better your experience will be.

    And feel free to ask us any questions you might have. Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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